The Post Graduate Certificate of Education
) is a one-year course in the UK
for existing degree holders leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is needed to teach in maintained (state or local authority) schools. It is rather poorly named, as a standard post-graduate certificate (PGCert
) is the lowest level of post-graduate qualification, requiring about half the work of a post-graduate diploma (PGDip
), which is similar to the taught element of most master's degrees. However, the name is now firmly established and unlikely to be changed.
Technically, the PGCE is a non-degree qualification that does not grant any postnominals, however this is often ignored.
Applications for admission to PGCE courses are handled by a national clearing house, the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR).
Graduate Teacher Training Registry website